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Colin Kaepernick a finalist for Time’s 2017 Person of the Year

Dec
15

Colin Kaepernick, Time’s 2017 Person of the Year?

That is a distinct possibilty, as the magazine announced Monday on NBC’s “Today” show that Kaepernick is one of 10 finalists for its prestigious annual honor.

Other finalists for the honor are Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Chinese President Xi Jinping and the Dreamers, the undocumented immigrants who entered the U.S. with their parents but may be forced to leave under proposed new federal guidelines.

There’s a misconception among many people that the honor is bestowed upon the person who has made the greatest contributions to society during the year, but as Time’s editors point out in the media release, the honor recognizes, “the person or group of people who most influenced the news during the past year, for better or for worse.”

Past winners include 13 different U.S. presidents, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, Adolf Hitler, The Computer and Mahatma Gandhi.

On Tuesday, smoke and ash filled the air but conditions were “clear and breezy” Wednesday at the Ventura County facility, according to the Times, as the Rams went about their typical work week with an extended walk-through.

Coach Sean McVay said the Rams have arranged to practice at USC, some 50 miles to the southeast, in the coming days if air quality deteriorates to the point that it’s unhealthy for players to practice.

But McVay said Wednesday that he expected “we’ll be able to go about our normal operating procedure and be out there” in a normal game-week routine at the team’s facility.

However, emergency officials warned that powerful winds Thursday could feed the wildfires.panthers_012

Cameroonian-Martiniquan defensive end Yannick Ngakoue recorded a multi sack game.

Dec
07

“I think it’s a worthy attempt,” said Gaudelli, via ESPN. “Because, look, football essentially has been covered the same way from the first day it was covered. Yes, we’ve added cameras. We’ve added technology. We’ve added all those things. But the game itself has been covered a certain way, and I think this is a chance to slightly break away from that and give people a different production to evaluate and see if they like it or not.”

So NBC’s experiment Thursday night could be the beginning of a massive change in the way TV networks cover live sports, football in particular. After all, a generation that has grown accustomed to and appreciative of the camera angle via video games is the generation networks want to target.

Much has been made of the NFL’s sagging TV ratings, a trend that has continued in 2017. It would be wild if a simple tweak like a new camera angle became the method of rejuvenation.

What’s left on the schedule isn’t too difficult, save for Pittsburgh and the final two weeks. The problem: Looking at the Titans’ positive numbers, down to their plus-1 turnover margin, there’s nothing that stands out. They are good at the coach-speak basics of running the ball and stopping the run, which can take teams a long way.

“It’s quite the challenge,” Redskins coach Jay Gruden said on a conference call. “We’re only going to do walk-throughs this week. We’re pretty dinged up, and we don’t have really enough guys to get 11 on 11 right now for look squad (scout team). Most of our look squad guys are going to be playing, so we just got to get them ready to go.”

Sent to injured reserve were guard Shawn Lauvao (stinger), center Spencer Long (knee), wide receiver Terrelle Pryor (ankle) and running back Chris Thompson (fibula). Backup center Chase Roullier (hand) is also out this week.nike_steelers_718

All the way down to the Lions-Packers game going over on the final play

Dec
04

“It’s gotten to the point where Hall of Famers are saying that if steroid users get in, they’ll no longer come to Cooperstown for Induction Ceremonies or other events. Some feel they can’t share a stage with players who did steroids. The cheating that tainted an era now risks tainting the Hall of Fame too. The Hall of Fame means too much to us to ever see that happen. If steroid users get in, it will divide and diminish the Hall, something we couldn’t bear.”

Here’s a rundown of the Week 12 Power Rankings, as voted on by our power panel — a group of more than 80 writers, editors and TV personalities — with a look at how each team is trending.

All the way down to the Lions-Packers game going over on the final play, Week 9 was a rough week for bad beats. It started with an upset Thursday, and the twists of late-week injuries and injunctions made a few games tougher to forecast.

With 215 passing yards against the Cowboys, Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan became the fastest quarterback with 40,000 career passing yards — reaching the mark in 151 games. Ryan (40,073) is the 19th player in NFL history with at least 40,000 passing yards and sits just behind Johnny Unitas (40,239) for 18th on the NFL’s all-time passing list.

Johnny Holton, WR, Oakland Raiders: The Raiders announced during the second quarter that Holton was being evaluated for a concussion. Holton passed the tests and returned to action in the second half.
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Stars to get specific when describing player injuries

Dec
02

Fans of the National Hockey League have become accustomed to the vagueness of teams’ injury disclosures, which usually range from “upper body” to “lower body.”

Cowboys are still dangerous team — All that said, even if Elliott does sit out six games, the Cowboys should not be counted out of the playoff picture. The Dallas defense played exceptionally well, holding Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt to just 37 yards on nine carries. The Chiefs, who averaged nearly 123 rushing yards per game, were limited to 68 yards on the ground Sunday.

“It just wasn’t yesterday’s kick,” Bears coach John Fox said Monday. “We haven’t been in the red area a lot. It feels a little harder than normal. Before yesterday, he was like, I don’t know, we were down there maybe 16 times, so those four misses, five yesterday, you feel it. He sensed it, and he understands. It’s never easy making those changes.”

Barth, whom the Bears signed at the start of last season to replace Chicago’s all-time leading scorer, Robbie Gould, made 18 of 23 field goal attempts during his first year in Chicago.

“We are a production-based business,” Fox said after the loss Sunday. “That’s what we get paid to do, whether it’s winning games as a head coach or whether it’s making kicks as a kicker. We will evaluate it. Like I said, every time we go out there, we will do everything we can to put the best team we can out there.”

Santos, 26, was waived injured by the Chiefs on Sept. 30 because of a groin injury.nike_cardinals-065

Rookie Kyle Kuzma has proven to be the Lakers’ most consistent player.

Nov
30

“This is where I hoped we’d be,” Lakers coach Luke Walton told the Los Angeles Daily News. “I thought it would take a little longer for us to do some of the things defensively that we’re doing right now, which is why I think we’ve been able to have some success.”

The Kings do not rebound. They give up 7.8 more per game than their opponents, the worst mark in the NBA.

He scored 22 points against Chicago and leads the Lakers with a 16.8 average. He has tallied in double digits in 12 straight games and 16 of 18 overall.

That is in stark comparison with more hyped rookie Lonzo Ball, who contributed 13 rebounds to go with eight points and four assists in 32 minutes against the Bulls. Ball, already the sixth player to log more than one triple-double in his first 20 games, is averaging 8.9 points, 6.2 rebounds and 6.9 assists, but he has been more up and down than a bobblehead amid the controversies involving his father, LaVar Ball.

Davis, 29, will be replaced by fourth-year cornerback Pierre Desir, who previously had filled in for Davis in Houston.

Davis, whose four-year contract worth $36 million expires after this season, had been the subject of trade talks ahead of the deadline last Tuesday. The two-time Pro Bowl player has struggled this season, missing the first three games with a hamstring injury and recording just 16 tackles with two passes defended in five games played.

The Colts (3-6) are scheduled to host the Steelers (6-2) at 1 p.m. ET Sunday.

Whitehead said he has not heard from the NFL about the play and that he would be “extremely shocked or surprised” if the league tried to take action against him. Whitehead said he doesn’t expect to be fined, either.
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Puljujarvi completed the scoring late in the third period.

Nov
27

I am supportive of the national movement to raise awareness and develop better responses to the concerns of parties who find themselves in these types of situations, but this accusation is false. While I am certain that I did not make any inappropriate contact, I don’t want to engage in a battle with the driver and I regret if my demeanor or presence made her uncomfortable in any way.

Charlie Lindgren has played well for the most part in Price’s stead, but he couldn’t keep Montreal from a season-long bugaboo in Tuesday night’s 3-1 loss at Dallas. The Habs coughed up two goals in 59 seconds late in the second period, the ninth time in 22 games they’ve allowed two goals in less than a minute.

With 1:44 left in the second period, Connor McDavid dropped a pass to Caggiula, who hammered it past Mrazek.

The Wings opted to go with Howard in goal for a fifth straight game, even though Mrazek posted a 36-save shutout against the Oilers at Edmonton on Nov. 5. … The Oilers assigned C Brad Malone to Bakersfield of the American Hockey League and recalled D Ryan Stanton from the same club. Stanton was a healthy scratch Wednesday.

Sanders went hard at Tony Romo on NFL Network after the former Cowboys QB said during CBS’s Chiefs-Cowboys broadcast that Kansas City cornerback Marcus Peters avoids contact the way Sanders (allegedly) did.

The Phillies’ offensive projection (22nd in park-adjusted scoring) severely undersells the upside of a group that could see 2018 breakouts from youngsters such as Rhys Hoskins, J.P. Crawford, Scott Kingery, Maikel Franco and Nick Williams. Add to those names the continued production of Odubel Herrera and Aaron Altherr, and you’ve got to love the potential of the Philly lineup.nike_patriots_3959

Bills coach Sean McDermott to ‘evaluate’ quarterback position

Nov
24

Sean McDermott’s decision to switch quarterbacks backfired.

The Bills coach benched Tyrod Taylor to give Nathan Peterman his first NFL start, and the rookie tossed five interceptions against the Chargers. Peterman’s five interceptions all came in the first half of what was a 54-24 Chargers victory. The Chargers (4-6) held a 37-7 halftime lead at StubHub Center before Peterman was benched and Taylor was once again under center.

Taylor finished 15 of 25 for 158 yards with a touchdown and zero interceptions, but did fumble on a sack by Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa. The fumble was returned 39 yards by Melvin Ingram for a touchdown. Peterman was just 6 of 14 for 66 yards with zero touchdowns and the five interceptions.

Cornerback Chris Harris Jr.: “Everybody in this organization is accountable for how we’re playing right now. Ain’t nothing soft in my bones.”

Wide receiver Demaryius Thomas: “He wouldn’t have said it if he wasn’t telling the truth. We’ve lost six in a row. I think there’s a little softness in us somewhere and he’s talking about everybody, including me.”

Linebacker Brandon Marshall: “We definitely didn’t take kindly to those remarks. I understand this is his team and he put it together, so his name is on it. But it’s our skin in the game. Nobody is soft on this team. We work our ass off and we work hard. We play hard and we go out there and give it 100 every game and every practice. We just fall short.”broncos_090-500x500

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts expressed faith Friday night in Bellinger and again Saturday afternoon.

Nov
17

The easy answer is the Pac-12 and the Big 12, simply because they are the only two Power 5 conferences that don’t have any undefeated teams left. The Pac-12 has the most reason to be concerned. The South is guaranteed to have at least a two-loss winner. The North needs to hope Washington runs the table, because it’s the only one-loss team remaining in the league.

It’s more complicated in the Big 12. What if the committee gives Oklahoma more credit than it is currently being given in the polls? TCU’s loss hurt the league, no way around it, but with three one-loss teams sitting near the top of the standings, the Big 12 also has more contenders still hanging on than the Pac-12 does. The problem is they all still have to play each other, starting with Oklahoma at Oklahoma State on Saturday.

“He’s got that calmness about him,” Roberts said. “And when things speed up, he has a way of sort of resetting and not letting it spiral.”

During batting practice, Bellinger tried to emulate teammates Andre Ethier and Logan Forsythe by hitting the ball to the opposite field.

“I was always told these really good hitters hit the ball the other way in BP and I had never done it, and I wanted to try it,” he said. “I hit every ball in BP today to the left side of the infield. I’ve never done that before in my life. Usually I try to lift. I needed to make an adjustment.”

However, Ajayi came on strong after the incident and helped propel the Dolphins’ playoff run that included winning nine of their last 11 games. Ajayi had three 200-yard games during that stretch.
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Players can rest during the extra week the NBA has graciously given them to complete the 82-game schedule.

Nov
13

Like his predecessor at No. 1 overall, Matthews joined a young, last-place team and promptly reached the playoffs; Washington eliminated the Leafs in six games last April, but he finished the first round with four goals.

If only he had the time. After worlds, Matthews became the first American chosen No. 1 overall in the NHL draft since Patrick Kane in 2007, and the Maple Leafs’ first No. 1 selection since Wendel Clark in 1985. He was the first top pick from the Sun Belt and the first of Hispanic descent—his mother, Ema, was born in Mexico. He realized his life had changed when he went apartment hunting in Toronto and was stopped by fans three times on a one-block stretch between a restaurant and a hotel. “I don’t do too much walking around [anymore],” he says. “When I do, I try to keep a low profile.”

There are more than enough commercial breaks for guys to stay fresh for an entire game. Heck, with those new jersey sponsors, the entire game is basically one big commercial break now.

D’Antoni is giving his team too much trust. If he’s going to play small-ball lineups that look like something your 12-year-old sibling would dream up in a game of NBA 2K18, then D’Antoni may as well turn fatigue off and play his best five the whole way.

“I don’t really think about that,” he said. “When I make a choice—and I bet it was the same with [Cris] Collinsworth and [Troy] Aikman—you know how much effort goes into it. You gotta give everything you got to this. You can’t fake things. You gotta be yourself. You always hope people enjoy it. The goal is to talk to the guy having a beer next to you, just explain the game. And if I can do that, I’ve done my job.”
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The Chiefs did manage to get into the end zone on their next possession.

Nov
02

With a first-year GM, the Colts should take a long-term view with their $140 million franchise QB and get him ready for the 2018 season.
Luck, who had shoulder surgery in January, practiced for two days two weeks ago and then amped up his workload during his two days of practice last week.

The Chiefs did manage to get into the end zone on their next possession. Smith connected with De’Anthony Thomas for a 57-yard touchdown. And if Reid had taken the points earlier, Kansas City would have a lead.

Antonio Brown, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers: Who needs great quarterback play? Not Brown, especially judging by his exceptional catch on a deflection off Phillip Gaines’ helmet that Brown took 51 yards for a touchdown and a nine-point lead with 3:24 remaining in the game. Brown’s catch played a major part in his 29.5 PPR point fantasy day, the best among wide receivers through the 4 p.m. ET games.

That leaves Jonnu Smith as the Titans best newcomer. He has only three catches, but two of them have gone for touchdowns. Smith brings so much to the Titans offense. Like Delanie Walker, Smith is really good as an in-line tight end or split out wide.
For more, check out the entire entry at Music City Miracles.

We saw his speed in action on Monday night, when Brown was able to catch Kareem Hunt from behind on a sweep to the sideline. He has generally been a sure tackler, and he has made third down plays—a major point of emphasis for this defense after last year’s debacle on third downs.lakers_049